Histoire des oiseaux: a history of birds.

Histoire des oiseaux: a history of birds. Francois Nicolas Martinet.
Histoire des oiseaux: a history of birds.
Histoire des oiseaux: a history of birds.

Potsdam: Ullmann Publishing, 2011. Quarto, dustwrapper, colour illustrations.

F. N. Martinet's hand-coloured lithographs were published in the works of the leading ornithologists of the 18th century. However, they have long since been acclaimed as works of art in their own right. "Histoire des oiseaux" brings together more than 200 bird species in one volume. Not only do these illustrations offer us a fascinating overview, they also witness a period in history as well as documenting the exceptional talent of Martinet. The illustrations are discussed by Antoine Reille, an expert in fauna, and the president of the French Union for the Conservation of Nature. Text in English, French, German and Spanish.

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